The Autel MK808 and the MX808 are both mid-level OBD2 tablet scanners offering similar features.
The MX808 was launched for offline distributors and local shops, while the MK808 was aimed at online dealers. However, since 2017 both the devices have been available online for purchase.
These products have basic and some advanced features perfect for car owners and mechanics.
Let’s look at the hardware and functions on offer.
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Popularity and performance
It’s not surprising to see that people would buy products online rather than at a local store. That trend has worked out in the Autel MK808’s favor.
Although both devices cost between $470 to $490, the MK808 is more popular than its twin among the online community.
Many users have reported that the MK808 is a more stable device with more units sold on Amazon than the MX808. It has made the device one of the best sellers on the online e-commerce giant.
Since these two basically have no difference, I’ll give an in-depth review of these 2 tools, from their hardware to the functionality.
Autel mk808 and mx808 hardware
Check out the table below for hardware specifications.
|Screen||7 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen|
|Processor||Cortex-A9 processor (1.5 GHz)|
|Expandable SD memory||Up to 32GB
Both scan tools come with a 7-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen and a 1024×600 resolution which is expected from these devices at this price point. The screen is large and comfortable enough to read live graphs and data.
Processor and operating system
The devices come with a fast Cortex-A9 processor capable of 1.5Ghz. The powerful chipsets perform quick diagnostics, making them the perfect OBD2 scan tools for a busy auto shop. The A9 processor and the Android 4.4.4 provide great synergy allowing the device to perform advanced functionality seamlessly.
Storage and battery
Storing a vehicle’s live data on the device is not an issue, as these devices come with 32GB of internal space. However, users can increase the storage space of these OBD2 scanners with a 32GB expandable SD memory.
Although the scan tools have a relatively modest battery of 3,200 mAh, it is still an upgrade over basic code readers that requires a vehicle’s battery to work. Moreover, 3,200 mAh is still enough for nearly a continuous 4 to 6 hours of usage.
Autel mk808 and mx808 functions
The MK808 and MX808 offer basic OBD2 functions for all US-based 1996 models and above, EU-based 2000 models and newer vehicles. The devices support advanced professional functionalities for 56 different US, EU, and Asian car brands.
Some of the car companies compatible with these devices are:
- And more
These devices are perfect for auto technicians as it covers a range of different car models. With 99% of the vehicles on their compatibility list, you won’t run into compatibility issues using any of these.
All module diagnosis
These OBD2 scanners are capable of all module diagnoses. It includes engine, transmission, airbags, and other systems on more than 80 car brands worldwide.
It goes without saying that the devices can help users read and erase fault codes, view data, analyze reports, and other basic code reader functions.
The MK and MX 808 have an IMMO key feature allowing users to replace a lost or stolen key with a new one. The device remotely deactivates the previous key, but this feature is only available with Asian vehicles with inferior anti-theft systems.
At this price point, it doesn’t matter if you’re going to be using this feature, it’s a great add-on.
25 service functions
The devices offer quick access to different vehicle systems, types of scheduled service, and maintenance.
Some of the service functions it is capable of are:
- EPB reset
- Throttle reset
- Oil reset
- And more
Conclusion: Which one should you buy?
Let us quickly summarise all the details before giving my verdict.
Both the devices are very user-friendly, loaded with great features, and packed with powerful hardware. The 7-inch screen is perfect for viewing, and the Android 4.4.4 makes a decent user experience (even though it’s quite outdated). The screen size also works well with the decent 3200mAH battery and will last for 4.5 to 6 hours of continuous use (and about less than 30 minutes to be fully recharged.)
The processor and computing power are where these OBD2 scanners truly shine. Fitted with an A9 1.5 GHz Cortex chipset, these devices perform well under stress during busy auto shop hours.
But which one should you buy, the MK808 or the MX808?
After digging up information on these OBD2 scanners, many users prefer purchasing the MK808 over its twin simply because it is a more stable device. Although the two are similar, I have used the MK808 at my auto shop, and it has performed great for me.
I wouldn’t mind having some additional service functions or cameras. However, at this price point, the MK808 is a steal. It is a great mid-tier level scan tool that auto technicians and car enthusiasts should have.